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Enter to Win Craftsy’s #WaterWonders Contest!

Splish, splash! Whether you’re hitting the beach, laying by the pool, hydrating the lawn or sailing on lakes this Labor Day weekend, turn it into something creative. Now, it’s time you make waves with your artwork!

Announcing Craftsy’s #WaterWonders Contest — Two Weeks Only!

Craftsy's #WaterWonders Drawing Contest Title ImageHow to enter:

Create a piece of artwork featuring water, from the fishpond down the street to a gorgeous waterfall to a thirst-quenching cup resting on your patio table. Then, upload it to your Craftsy project page with the title “#WaterWonders”. A panel of Craftsy’s fine art experts will select their favorite works to be featured on the Craftsy blog, including one lucky 1st place winner, who will be awarded a $50 gift card for Dick Blick Fine Art Materials, plus a free Craftsy drawing class of their choice.

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What types of works can I submit?

Create your work using any medium you’d like: pen, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels, watercolor… the choice is up to you! We only request that your water piece be a handmade work of art, not a photo.


  • STEP 1: Click the Submit Project button below.
  • STEP 2: Log in to your Craftsy account (or create an account — it’s free and easy!)
  • STEP 3: Select the “Fine Art” category for your project.
  • STEP 4: Title your project “#WaterWonders” (IMPORTANT: PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT “#WaterWonders” IN THE TITLE OF YOUR PROJECT. Then, we will know the project is a contest submission!)
  • STEP 5: Optional: If your water piece was inspired by a Craftsy class, then select that class. If not, skip this step!
  • STEP 6: Add a bit of info about the project.
  • STEP 7: Upload your project photo (or photos). And, you’re done!
  • SUBMISSIONS DUE: By 11:59 MT on September 14, 2014. 

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Looking for some water inspiration before getting started? Check out these amazing water pieces by artists from the Craftsy community!

Rose After Rain Drawing

Graphite drawing by Craftsy member StephenAinsworth

Wow, this beauty pops off the page! This breathtaking rose drawing, created with a graphite pencil, showcases the morning dew perfectly.

Colored Pencil

Colored pencil drawing via Craftsy member kaylalee60

Made with colored pencil on bristol paper, an egret takes in the beautiful view and searches for breakfast, in this serene pond scene.

Water Lily Drawing

Pastel drawing by Craftsy member kaylalee60

Inspired by a local park, with beautiful scenes like this throughout, Kay created a gorgeous water lily scene.

Dog Drinking

Mixed media by Craftsy member Carol Blackhurst

An incredibly realistic rendering of water and condensation, this adorable piece was created using a combination of watercolor and acrylics.

Graphite Seascape

Graphite drawing via Craftsy instructor Edward Minoff

This realist seascape study was created with graphite as part of the online Craftsy class Oil Painting: Sand, Sea & Sky. You can just feel the movement of the waves as they crash against the shoreline.

Lake Drawing

Pen and ink drawing via Craftsy member Maggie Rust

A beautiful black and white depiction of Williams Lake in Ashburnham, MA.

Water Drawing

Mixed media by Craftsy member Cort Rut

Does this water taxi piece from the online Craftsy class Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor make you want to go snorkeling? Created with India Ink and watercolor on paper, this work was inspired by the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas.

Seton Beach Drawing

Colored pencil drawing via Craftsy member BexyM

Can’t you just feel the sand beneath your toes and the wind whipping through your hair? This overcast day at the beach was captured perfectly using a muted palette and techniques learned in a Craftsy class.

Flow Drawing

Pastel drawing via Craftsy member Lin Fenge

The rush of this waterfall is invigorating! Brought to life with pastels, this piece embodies all the energy and excitement of this river’s trip over the edge.

Showcase your best water works (not the crying kind- well, an artwork embodying those would count too!) by entering the #WaterWonders Contest today! Hurry, this contest only lasts for two weeks!

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